10 Best Hotels & Hostels in Amsterdam For the Budget Conscious Traveller

Travel is an experience all about absorbing the local culture, tasting traditional cuisine, admiring beautiful architecture and learning about the history. It is visiting famous attractions and meeting new people. It’s a living story.

With travel also comes the need for overnight accommodation. Perhaps you do not plan to spend much time at the hotel or are looking for something that will not break the bank. Either way, Amsterdam offers quite a few hotels and hostels perfect for the budget conscious traveler. 10Best carefully selected the best ones to stay at that will not cost a fortune. The list is varied, offering accommodation for every personality type.

The BackStage hotel is perfect for music lovers, as the hotel is rock n’ roll themed and close to several live music venues. Bed and breakfasts, such as Sunhead and The Blue Sheep, provide a cozy, home-like atmosphere. The Seven Bridges Hotel is filled with antiques. The Flying Pig, a laid-back youth hostel, is the place to be if you love meeting new people. The Parkview Hotel, StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark and Borgmann Villa Hotel are located very close to Vondelpark, one of the largest green spaces in the city. The Bicycle Hotel is environmentally friendly and even allows you the possibility to explore Amsterdam in the best way possible: by bike. Stay at one of the boutique hotels, such as Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer or Hotel View. Other affordable hotels include Gertsekorrtel, Best Western Dam Square Inn and Casa 400.



Live the fun life at the Flying Pig. This centrally located hostel, known for its stress-free atmosphere and dorm-style rooms, mainly attracts backpackers and other young travellers. Upon arrival, you'll receive your linens and a locker. Make sure to bring your own lock. You also have access to maps and city guides, as well as WiFi if you want to look something up. The stay includes breakfast. Choose from an assortment of cereals, breads, fruit, boiled eggs, milk, juice, tea, coffee and more. Plus, if you are on a budget and want to save some money, you can eat lunch or dinner at the hostel. There is a kitchen, so you can make your own meals. At night, drop by the bar and enjoy a cold beer. You'll find yourself sharing a drink with new friends in no time at all. The Flying Pig is always a good time.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Flying Pig mainly attracts backpackers and other young travellers. The hostel provides a fun, relaxed environment.

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When you book a room at the StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark, you are just steps away from one of Amsterdam's most scenic green areas, the Vondelpark. This also means you are close to other Amsterdam attractions, such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, as well as the bustling nightlife spot, Leidseplein. This hostel is one of the largest in Europe, offering 536 beds. Depending on the number of people you are traveling with, you can choose from two, four or six bedded rooms. All rooms have their own bathroom facilities, but you must bring your own towel. The breakfast buffet, which is included in the stay, consists of many organic and fair trade products including bread, cold cuts, fruits, juice and more. In your spare time, use the free WiFi in the lobby, drop by the bar for the daily drink special or play a game of pool.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark, one of the largest hostels in Europe, offers accommodation for people of all ages and provides numerous activities.

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Overnight accommodation shouldn't cost a fortune. Hotel La Bohéme, a centrally located hotel near Leidseplein, provides basic lodging at a reasonable price. The rooms are always clean and equipped with a television, safe, hairdryer and telephone. There is even free WiFi. Almost all of the 18 rooms have private bathrooms. The single rooms share toilet facilities. If you would like a little peace and quiet, make sure to request a room on the backside of the hotel. In the morning, start your day right with a nutritious breakfast. The hotel offers a buffet, perfect for appetites of all sizes. Breakfast is included in the price.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel La Bohéme is a centrally located hotel that provides basic accommodation and breakfast at an affordable price.

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Hotel View has all the luxuries of a contemporary boutique hotel but with a bit of a historic twist. The interior is very clean and modern, yet the hotel is situated in an Amsterdam canal house. The rooms contain dark furniture and are brightened with fresh white accents. The eight suites and six double rooms each have their own bath and allow free WiFi Internet access. There is also a flat screen satellite TV, hair dryer and telephone. With 24-hour reception and room service, you can even receive assistance anytime or schedule a wake-up call. Five of the rooms offer a gorgeous view of the canal. The hotel is close to music venues, theaters, shopping and restaurants, therefore providing the perfect location to set up base and explore the city.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel View is a contemporary boutique hotel housed in a historic canal house.

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Hotel Brouwer, a small family-run hotel situated along the Singel canal, is very close to Central Station and Dam Square. The Brouwer family has run the hotel since 1917, but the building itself has a much longer history. Prior to the Brouwer family, the building was home to an alcohol free hotel, and before that, it was an office, house and storage center. The hotel offers eight cozy rooms, each one named after a famous Dutch artist such as Vermeer, Van Gogh, Hals or Rembrandt. Inside each room, you'll find a print from that painter. The seventeenth century artists are located on the first floor, while nineteenth and twentieth century painters are on the second and third floor respectively. Book your favorite. Whatever room you choose, you'll enjoy a beautiful view over the canal. The hotel does not take credit cards.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel Brouwer, a small family-run hotel, offers eight comfortable rooms. Each one is named after a famous Dutch artist.

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The Best Western Dam Square Inn is tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street right next to the Royal Palace and Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). The elegant brick fa?┬žade will catch your eye as you walk by. Inside, you'll find the interior up-to-date and modern. The rooms were renovated in December 2009. All of the 38 rooms include a private bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen television and telephone. There is also a safe to store your valuables, as well as coffee and tea facilities. Wireless Internet is free of charge. For those hot summer days, air conditioning is available. In the morning, enjoy the delicious breakfast buffet. It's the perfect way to start your day. The hotel does have an elevator, so it is handicap accessible.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The recently renovated Best Western Dam Square Inn is tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street right next to Dam Square.

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Hotel Casa 400 is a large, modern hotel located near Amsterdam Amstel Station. The hotel, which opened in the spring of 2010, is perfect for both business and leisure travellers. Guests have easy access to public transportation, including buses, trams and trains. The 520 rooms are fully equipped with a flat screen TV, refrigerator and safe. There are also 13 conference rooms and free WiFi. Restaurant Circles serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Bar Upstairs is the perfect place for a drink. Bar Upstairs also serves smaller dishes, such as tapas. Need a quick breath of fresh air? The hotel has a beautiful indoor garden. If you are arriving by car, there is an underground car park.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Hotel Casa 400 is a large, modern hotel that provides guests with easy access to public transportation.

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The Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is located in a quiet residential area, within walking distance of many Amsterdam attractions. This stylish boutique hotel offers 93 comfortable rooms, guaranteeing a solid night's rest. The rooms include a hairdryer, satellite television, radio and WiFi. If you are too warm, just turn on the air conditioning. To wake up on time, you can use the in-room alarm clock or schedule a wake-up call. In the evening, have a drink at the contemporary bar. Relax in the cozy purple chairs and admire the classy design. You'll even be staying in a bit of history. The building used to be 19 different 17-century weaver's houses.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Mercure Amsterdam Arthur Frommer is a stylish boutique hotel located in a quiet residential area.

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Old City Centre/New Side

You don't need to count sheep to fall asleep at this hotel. This quiet bed and breakfast promises a good nights rest. The Blue Sheep is a true B&B. Owners Jan Willem and Novella live in the house, together with their pets. The comfortable hotel has a lot of character. Stay in one of The Blue Sheep's uniquely decorated rooms. The stairs are extremely steep, like many other Amsterdam houses. Therefore, the B&B is not handicap accessible or suitable for families traveling with a lot of luggage. Every morning, the owners serve a nutritious, organic breakfast. Please note the hotel requires a minimum stay of two nights. If you need to check in after 18:00, communicate your estimated time of arrival in advance. Otherwise, the owners may not be home.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Blue Sheep offers a quiet stay in a centrally located authentic Amsterdam house. Plus, the owners are multilingual.

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BackStage Hotel Amsterdam
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The BackStage hotel revolves around music. From the bar to the rooms, as well as the surrounding area, the rock 'n roll themed hotel is perfect for all music lovers. The rooms are equipped with a TV, radio alarm clock, free WiFi and an iPod docking station. The twin, double and triple rooms even have a theatre mirror, so when you're getting ready to go out, you'll feel as if you're backstage. Before you leave, stop by the bar. They provide guitars and Guitar Hero. Then make your way to Leidseplein, one of the city's main nightlife centers. The music theme extends beyond the walls of the hotel. Leidseplein is home to numerous top-notch live music venues such as Paradiso, Melkweg, Bourbonstreet and Sugar Factory. At the end of the evening, head back to the hotel for a good nights rest.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The BackStage hotel is the perfect place for music lovers. The hotel is rock n' roll themed and close to numerous live music venues.

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